News - August 2018
Life can have a bit of chaos
to it as a family grows. I’m sure any of you with children can relate and some
of you with 4 or 5 children can read this and go, “You don’t know ANYTHING
about chaos!” (and rightly so). Many of you who have been at Woodlane since
Rachael and I drove up nine years ago (gasp!) have seen the chaos grow right
before your eyes.
The chaos amplifies as we
tried getting life done with one car. Coordinating schedules, wearing out “taxi
driver” hats left and right and somehow getting everyone to school on time has
been a trip (no pun intended). But the era of the one-car family is over! We
were able to find a second car that we liked and, as an extra bonus, let us
work with a great family who knew what they were doing.
We are thankful for how that
experience worked out. We are thankful that the “who’s going to get the car”
conversations are easier. We are thankful that the rain stopped so we could
finally test out the moonroof (okay, that one is me).
While it may seem like a petty
first-world example to use, it does remind me there is a never-ending list of
“I’m thankful’s” out there. As we mentioned last week, let us never take
something like vision or walking for granted, as there are so many who would be
ever-thankful for the chance to see or get around on their own.
But as I plan out this week’s
message, I get convicted that there is so much more to appreciate than just the
“I’m thankful’s” that we pray about. I’m planning to use a song in worship by
Natalie Grant that has really struck me, even before I knew this message was
coming. It’s called “More Than Anything” and while I don’t want to give away
the farm, here’s some lines from the chorus.
Help me want the Healer more than the healing
me want the Savior more than the saving
me want the Giver more than the giving
me want you Jesus more than anything
A life like that is both mature and
unbreakable (as Habakkuk 3 will say). It beats out vision, walking, and yes –
May we take the time to worship God
simply for who God is, rather than just what God can do.